Deployment of supercomputers under NSM to start soon: Official

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 14, 2018 20:40 hrs

Kolkata, March 14 (IANS) The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) expects that deployment of supercomputers under the Rs 4,500 crore National Supercomputing Mission would be commencing soon, an official said on Wednesday.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had approved the launch of the National Supercomputing Mission in March 2015.

"Under the mission, about 70 supercomputers would be installed in various academic and R&D institutions. The deployment of supercomputers under NSM is going to start soon. The first deployment could be in the IIT Kharagpur," said C-DAC (Kolkata) Director Nabarun Bhattacharyya.

"We are spearheading the mission. In India, lot of data would be going to come and supercomputers would be required to process huge volume of data. In order to process this growing volume of data, developing of supercomputing ability would be essential," he said on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) would implement and steer the mission at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore over a period of seven years through C-DAC and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

It envisages empowering academic and R&D institutions spread over the country by installing a vast supercomputing grid comprising of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities.

C-DAC, an R&D organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), is also working on developing microprocessor which would be used electronics devices.

"The programme on developing microprocessors is in design stage. We are working on tough time schedule," Bhattacharyya added.



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